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This is by far the worst Zombie book I have listened to. I just don't get what everyone else sees in this book. After the first couple of hours it was just boring to listen to the basically repetitive stories. The book was hardly entertaining. It's only saving grace was a stellar cast of narrators. I don't think anyone could complain about the narration, but for me, the end could not come soon enough.
Avid listener on my daily commute!
On one hand, this book deserves five stars across the board for sheer ingenuity and chutzpah, not to mention the colossal achievement of a single cohesive work of fiction in which so many countries, races, ethnicities and cultures are represented. And all performed by the most incredibly talented and diverse multicast in Audible history! This stunning diversity gives it the ring of truth, so much so that if you change "zombies" to "zika (or other) virus" in your head, this reads/sounds like an almost realistic post-pandemic, planetary interview series.
And therein lies the first of Z's two flaws worthy of mention: It's too true-sounding and too humorless (even with Carl Reiner, Alan Alda, Rob Reiner, and Martin Scorcese all doing their damnedest to inject a little funny during their sections) to work as a page-turner. After awhile I just got burned out on hour after hour of the horror of the traumatized survivors and their unrelenting PTSD and sadness, even with the frequent changes in country, scene and amazing speaker, and had to pause the book frequently and intersperse my Z-chapters with chapters of another book containing at least a modicum of humor. The book is just that realistic.
Except when it isn't. And unfortunately, those times consist 100% of Max Brooks, the author (who clumsily and completely unconvincingly plays the Interviewer), every time he interrupts one of these amazing monologues with an unrealistic-sounding and unnecessary question. He should have just let this work stand as an artful series of monologues (which is what they 99% are, even in this occasionally-interrupted format), with no interviewer, and maybe just a realistic-sounding journalist or documentary-style commentator (think Edward Hermann, Morgan Freeman, or David McCullough*) to introduce transitions between speakers/locations. That would have made it nearly a five-star listen.
*No female narrators need apply; this book, amazing as it is, is nevertheless a dude fest that fails the Bechdel test pretty miserably.
This has the feel of the War of the Worlds radio-cast because of the way it is presented as a documentary.
I normally skip over abridged books, but I"m glad I listened to the reviews and gave this a chance.Because it is presented as a number of NPR-like interviews with survivors, they can cut out some sections without making the story hard to follow. It is a number of different viewpoints of the events surrounding the Z war.I am really surprised how much I like it. The narrator/interviewer has a familiar sounding voice -- I wonder if he may actually be an NPR reporter. And having a different reader for each character interviewed helps to sustain the feeling of real interviews.I have never read the book - only seen the movie, but I can say that it does not feel disjointed at all. I have no qualms about recommending this book -- even to the movie haters!
Most definitely! It may have started out a little slow, but before long I found myself organizing my schedule so I could continue listening.
The author is so knowledgeable about so many things. Not just weapons and war strategy, but human emotion, both good and bad. Unlike so many zombie books that focus on one area, one city, Mr. Brooks takes on the whole world! Canada, Russia, India, Germany, China, South Africa, ect. He made it believable how the zombie war would play out in other areas. Then lets throw in the air shuttles and underwater missions. I wanted more!
Each character in the book has their own reader, which made you had to get used to each of them. The beginning ones may have been a little hard to understand, but once I listened to the book again, I had no problem understanding.
There were so many, I could probably pick one from each story, but I can't stop thinking of the young girl sounding like the sirens and moaning zombies.
Because this was abridged, I got the book from the library. Since I have a young child, reading an actual book is a luxury. I got half way through and didn't notice much difference. A conversation here and a paragraph there. Nothing that stood out. I absolutely loved this book and was thinking that I missed some of the characters stories or whole characters were removed. Nope. I guess I was just hoping for another book of short stories.
Also the movie, be it a good zombie movie, only shares the title and the Israeli quarantine. Nothing else stands out.
Sci-fi and survival horror are my favorites as long as they are not overly emotion drenched (no love stories!).
The unabridged version has some great gap fillers that flesh out other things you hear in the presentation. I have listened to this book a half dozen times and I keep coming back to it.
I have to admit, I downloaded this audio book because I so enjoyed the movie so much (I've seen it twice so far :). But as Max Brooks has been quoted to say, the only thing in common between the book and the movie, is the title. And he is so not wrong! That said, I don't think I would've downloaded the book, unless I liked the movie as much as I did. And I so appreciated both versions so much on their own merit. The movie is a blockbuster, in the edge of your seat thriller, and the book is an awesome narrated piece of literature. In conclusion, you can enjoy the movie and enjoy the book and be pleasantly surprised by both!
...where "complete" apparently means double the length of the last audio version, but still abridged. Usually I'd knock off a star for such shenanigans, but as this is such a good book in every other respect, I'll let that slide.
I do love a good disaster story, but to my mind, the best sci-fi--and indeed the best fiction--examines some aspect of the human condition and questions it. This book delivers that by examining the very human condition itself. It's absolutely gripping, and oh, the audio production!
As if the story wasn't enough, the 40-strong cast is a who's who of vocal prowess. Some voices are instantly recognizable--Nathan Fillion, Alan Alda, René Auberjonois, Parminder Nagra, Masi Oka, John Turturro--and somehow this only adds to the power of their stories. Some voices, like those of Alfred Molina and Simon Pegg, tickle at the back of the brain. Many more are wonderfully unrecognizable. And then there's the incomparable Mark Hamill, who in one line manages to convey some of the rawest emotion in a book that's filled with no shortage of breath-taking moments. This book is, quite simply, art.
It's worth reading in any format, but if you've ever wondered what the audiobook fuss is all about, listen to this.
First let me start off by saying I wasn't sure what the book was going to be about. The title led me to believe that it was a story about fighting zombies, and getting into the thick of battle. I didn't know this was going to be a book of interviews. I was extremely disappointed; I kept waiting for the "action" to start. I wanted more; I wanted a story about survival. A story of close escapes and characters ripped from the pages by zombies. I wish I would have had a bit more information prior to getting this book, because had I know it was hours and hours of interviews I would have skipped this book.
Yes, I finished it this morning and started listening again this evening. I'm sure I missed something but I found it extremely entertaining.
It's hard to say but I liked all the zombie weapons
I had no issues with the way it was written, or even the narrators. It was just very dull.
Ten minutes into a character's story and then onto another character to get a different perspective. Just one after another, after another, after another for the hour and a half I listened to it. Couldn't stand the thought of it continuing. Didn't want to keep listening to see if it did.
The narrator did a fine enough job.